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  • Restaurant owner accused of arson asks for free attorney
    The 53-year-old Ankeny man accused of torching his Pizza Ranch restaurant in Jefferson in January has asked a judge to appoint a state-paid attorney to defend him in court, according to court records.
  • Carroll  anti-government activist faces harassment charges in Des Moines
    In an online video titled “The End of America and the World,” Christopher Bruce shouts a warning to the American people to stock up on food, water and cigarettes.
  • Woman claims she was fired because of disability
    A former New Opportunities employee who was severely injured in a crash while she was working was wrongly fired because of disabilities she has from the crash, the employee alleges in a civil rights complaint.
  • A 25-year-old former Glidden man must pay about $17,500 to a young woman whom he accidentally shot in a struggle in 2012 when he was contemplating suicide, a jury decided last week.
  • Attempted murder suspect destroys jail security camera, pulls fire alarm
    The 36-year-old Carroll man accused in February of attempting to kill another man in a jealous rage is a frequent methamphetamine user who destroyed a video surveillance camera in his jail cell a week after his arrest, according to court records.
  • Defense rests in Crisp murder trial
    Freddy Crisp claimed he saved his own life when he shot Dale Potter when he testified in his own defense on Thursday.
  • Man to plead guilty for threats to harm co-workers
    The 20-year-old Lake City man who was arrested in January for allegedly threatening to harm or kill his co-workers at a skilled-care nursing home is expected to plead guilty to two harassment charges on Monday.
  • Judge bars public from juvenile rape trial
    Reporters and other members of the public cannot attend the rape trial of a Greene County High School basketball star, a judge decided last week.
  • ‘Two people died that night’

    Freddy Crisp hugged his children — one at a time — and cried after a jury of 12 decided he was guilty of first-degree murder for killing his friend.

  • ‘His stories defy common sense’
    The lead prosecutor in Freddy Crisp’s murder trial said the man lied multiple times to investigators — and on Thursday, to jurors — about what led him to shoot a North Dakota man in November as they argued in a pickup truck.
  • Crisp changed his story of the shooting
    Freddy Crisp first claimed that his militia friend from North Dakota was suicidal, and Crisp tried to wrestle a handgun away from him when it fired a bullet through the man’s brain in November.
  • Murder suspect claims man threatened his daughters
    A North Dakota militiaman talked of raping Freddy Crisp’s daughters before Crisp pulled a handgun, pointed it behind the left ear of the man and pulled its trigger in November, a defense attorney for Crisp said today at his murder trial.
  • Naked chimney man leaves jail
    The man who gained widespread notoriety Wednesday for being stuck in a chimney with no clothes pleaded not guilty to a trespassing charge and left jail this morning.
  • Farmer demands $6M from West Central
    A Lake View farmer claims in a federal lawsuit he is the victim of a false narrative that farmers’ cooperative leaders concocted to divert the blame for millions of dollars in losses — partly due to an employee’s thefts over several years.
  • Child rapist loses fifth appeal
    The 24-year-old Carroll man who is set to serve 15 more years in prison for raping a 7-year-old girl lost this week his fifth appeal that asked for a new trial.
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